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Love Food Hate Waste
Why reducing food waste is important
Wasting food is not only a waste of money (a family of four throws away an average of £480 worth of food and drink a year) but it's also very bad for the environment.
Producing, storing and getting the food to our homes uses a lot of energy. It's been calculated that if we stopped wasting all this food and drink we would save the equivalent of at least 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. That's equivalent to taking 1 in 4 cars off UK roads.
A quarter of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away, when most of it could have been eaten. Imagine buying four bags of food and throwing one away! Most of this food reaches landfill sites where it emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is twenty times more powerful than CO2.
Below you will find information about Haringey Council's 'Love Food, Hate Waste' campaign. You can also download a fantastic free recipe book (see attached files section below).
Love Food Hate Waste Campaign
To reduce food waste, Haringey Council along with other North London organisations are running a campaign called 'Love Food Hate Waste'. The campaign includes roadshows, workshops, online food waste diaries, local advertising and competitions.
To help reduce your food bill and help the environment just visit the national Love Food Hate Waste website (external link) for lots of tasty recipes and information about:
- getting portion sizes just right
- planning meals
- stocking up on store cupboard essentials
- understanding 'best before' and 'use by' dates
- using leftovers and foods that we usually waste
- storing different types of food to prevent them going to waste
The Food Lovers Cookbook
A cookery book featuring winning recipes from residents and restaurants across North London has been produced as a result of a recipe competition to showcase a range of tasty meals and snacks made from leftovers.
The cookbook gives leftovers such as old pasta, stale bread and even old tea bags a new lease of life as they are transformed into a series of starters, mains and desserts by 26 budding chefs from across North London.
For a free copy of The Food Lovers Cookbook please see the attached files section.